The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing is a LPN/LVN-to-RN Transition program.

Note: There is a special application and deadline for this program.

This program is a 12-month program that combines classroom instruction with clinical experiences and is part of ARNEC (Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium). ARNEC is a consortium of eight community and technical colleges in rural areas around the state of Arkansas that teamed together to provide a way for LPN's to further their education and become Registered Nurses without having to leave their communities in which they live and work.

ARNEC offers a new and innovative approach via a nontraditional delivery format of nursing theory by interactive video. The following institutions are members of the ARNEC program: Arkansas State University-Newport, Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas in DeQueen, Ozarka College in Melbourne, South Arkansas Community College, the University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton, Rich Mountain Community College in Mena and the University of Arkansas Community College-Hope.

The program will serve from 10 to 48 students at each of the eight distance learning sites. The number of students selected is dependent upon availability of clinical facilities. Nursing lectures will be scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Clinical rotations will be completed every other weekend.

This program is designed to meet the needs of working LPNs/LVNs. This program meets the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (the Registered Nurse licensing examination).

As the curriculum is rigorous, faculty will admit students based on the students' ability to perform the tasks and responsibilities of a Registered Nurse and to complete the clinical and course objectives. These abilities are re-evaluated during and after each course.

Accreditation / Approval

The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) located on South Arkansas Community College campus is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Website: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/arkansas-board-of-nursing

Arkansas State Board of Nursing
University Tower Bldg.
1123 South University
Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619

Phone: 501-686-2700
Fax: 501-686-2714